Here we go again. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is making some more big changes that will send us all into a tizzy. The latest? Saturday delivery is about to go bye bye.
Because hey, if they're having trouble getting customers, the best way to attract more is by providing fewer services, right? Right?
Sigh. The Saturday delivery change won't go into effect for another six months, but we already know it's going to suck. Let's just count the ways, shall we?
1. If they don't deliver, they don't pick up that day. So if you're someone who puts out your mail for pickup, you're going to have to wait longer to see it happen. That's a big problem for seniors on fixed incomes who don't pay their bills online and who have to pay them at certain times of the month to stay on budget.
2. So much for that weekly magazine subscription. Monthly mags will be fine, but many weekly magazines specifically shoot for weekend delivery -- probably so you'll have time to read it.
3. Sorry, Netflix. The already beleaguered DVD system takes another hit here. People love to get their movies on Saturdays when they have time away from work to watch them. If you don't get the movie until Monday, you may have to hang onto it for a whole WEEK before you get to watch it!
4. More pressure to pay things online. Companies are already pushing us in this direction, which is great for some people. But one in five Americans still doesn't use the Internet! That doesn't just apply to people who prefer not to go digital. Many Americans don't have broadband Internet access. Others can't afford it.
5. More driving. The USPS promises it will keep post offices open on Saturday, so the lack of delivery won't affect everything, but now folks who are accustomed to some of the services that come with delivery will have to drive to a post office ... and shoulder the cost of the gas themselves.
6. Less hours for postal employees. No delivery means everyone who delivers will have their hours cut back. Fewer hours means less pay. Less pay means, well, you know what it means. It's bad for the postal workers and their families, and it's bad for the businesses where they shop.
7. Change is hard. OK, so it may not be enough of a reason for Washington, but it's the truth. This is a service many Americans count on, and it's changing ... and that just plain sucks!
And now we've got six months to adjust!
Are you happy to see this change or is it going to be a pain in the butt?
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